Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jamie2dope:
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Man, crazy beers have been showing up on Massachusetts shelves lately, this being a prime example. The packaging here is fantastic with the box and blend detail. The color is black, with some brown hues around the edge of the glass. Not too much heading here, though I am not too surprised given the ABV, and mix of different beers. I get toasted coconut first and foremost from the smell, followed by oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. The wood character in the flavor is remarkable, starting off with a hit of alcohol and molasses, and ending on a dark cherry note. More coconut comes through, as well as malted milk balls. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, as it should be fir a beer of this strength. This is definitely one to sip, and let explore the palate, because it seems to change every time. I guess the crazy complexity here can be attributed to the blending. The alcohol is very noticeable in this beer in flavor and effect, but again, it should probably be sipped like a liquor. It took me the better part of an hour to finish one glass, but every sip was enjoyed immensely. From the Anniversary series I have had 11, 12 and this one, which may be the best out of the three. Either way, the blending here is no joke. It truly adds a level of complexity that is tough to match.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2011 01:41:02 | More by jamie2dope
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2.93/5 rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Dark brown with a pure tan head. Smells of milk chocolate, ripened cherries, plum and dark bread. Taste is limited to milk chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits. Cloying and too rich to handle with the alcohol coming in overly strong to add insult to injury. A highly rated, but simple and lopsided beer, which of course makes me question my "beersanity" but confirms my perception with another sip. Might be good in small doses, not unlike cough syrup or moonshine.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 00:50:14 | More by stephens101
Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.